Brisbane's Busiest Intersection Now Complete

Media Release

WT082/2014

08 June 2014

Joint release with:

Scott Emerson

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads

Mark Stewart

Queensland Member for Sunnybank

Over 90,000 vehicles every weekday are now benefitting from the completed Mains Road and Kessels Road Intersection Upgrade.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss was joined by Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson and Member for Sunnybank Mark Stewart at the intersection today to celebrate completion of the project.

Mr Truss said the Australian Government funded the $280 million upgrade to improve safety and efficiency for this vital section of Brisbane's Urban Corridor.

The upgrade included construction of a four lane underpass for Kessels Road traffic, with a bridge for Mains Road above including six lanes for through traffic and additional bus and turning lanes.

“The project allows the approximately 50,000 vehicles using Kessels Road each day to flow underneath the intersection without stopping, improving safety and reducing congestion on the corridor that connects the busy Ipswich, Pacific and Gateway motorways,” Mr Truss said.

“Construction of the project has been impressive, with the underpass having excavated 50,000 cubic metres of earth. To put that in perspective, it would be more than enough to fill 20 Olympic-sized swimming pools.”

Mr Emerson said the upgrade was completed on time and on budget, which was important to minimise the disruptions on commuters and businesses trading in the area.

“The final, major change to traffic occurred earlier this week with the bus lanes on Mains Road opening—one of many improvements to our bus network as part of the project,” Mr Emerson said.

“The State Government put $750,000 towards the upgrade of the Mains Road Park ‘n’ Ride which included improving the seating areas for passengers waiting for buses, establishing a passenger set down area and increasing the number of disabled parking spaces in the car park.”

Member for Sunnybank, Mark Stewart, thanked local residents for their patience throughout the course of the project.

“I know that a number of residents around Robertson have been inconvenienced by the project but it is certainly pleasing that they will now benefit from upgraded road infrastructure and improved traffic mobility in their area,” Mr Stewart said.

“I also thank the project team for their willingness to engage with the community, including teaming up with MacGregor State High School students to develop a local design for the underpass walls.”